Inside the Body Shell

Here’s a video from the class I co-teach with Larry Berkelhammer, PhD, at the College of Marin. This session was recorded on December 1, 2016, and it discusses the difference between how we feel on the inside and how we Continue Reading →

Somatic Faith

Our feelings about our bodies form a background for our lives. For many of us, this background is one of fearfulness. The young fear their bodies won’t win them love; the old fear illness and decrepitude. Although the worries change, a habit of fear remains. Changing Continue Reading →

The Body of Fear

What keeps the mind-body relationship so dysfunctional? What makes us feel alienated from the organism that gives us life? I believe the cause is fear, though it often gets expressed as frustration or disgust. When we dislike our appearance, our fear of social failure drives the discontent. When we Continue Reading →

The Path toward Serving the Body

MindfulBiology’s Reconciliations are listed as sequential reversals in the way we treat our bodies. Early in the path, we concentrate on treating old wounds: we replace criticism with appreciation, punishment with nourishment, and commanding with listening. We cease treating the body like an Continue Reading →

MindfulBiology: A Synopsis

The last essay defined terms: Body, Appreciation, Heartfelt, and Living. Putting these together yields MindfulBiology’s tagline, which can be loosely restated as follows: By directing attention to the felt experience of living within a body, while holding in mind the organism’s immense complexity, we appreciate that Continue Reading →

Mind & Body. Two or One?

MindfulBiology promotes friendlier mind-body relationships. Some might ask “what about mind-body unity? How can mind and body relate if the two are one?” The mind-body question is complicated and ideas about it span a broad spectrum. I’m no expert, but it’s Continue Reading →

Ideas for a More Appreciated Body

Appreciating the body isn’t automatic. From our earliest years, we learn that how we’re treated often depends on how we look. In other words, our culture makes us anxious about our appearance. Since most of us don’t look like George Clooney or Charlize Theron, Continue Reading →